The Carpinteria girls water polo team shook off some dust at the Buena Tournament Friday after a three-week layoff, beating Muir 7-3 and then losing to Division 2 Westlake 10-3.

In the first game against Muir, the CIF-SS Division 4 Warriors led 3-2 at the half before opening the game up with key goals from Francis Bennett and Giulia Piccoletti early in the third quarter, as the team reduced turnovers and out-swam the competition.

Piccoletti led the team with three goals, and Bennett had two. Taylor Classen and Lilli Nemetz each scored one. 

“Defensive 2-meter guard Kate Isaac played phenomenally, as did goalie Erin Otsuki, who recorded an amazing 16 blocks,” Carpinteria coach Jon Otsuki said.

In the second game against Westlake, the Warriors hung tough in the first half and were down just 3-0 at the break.

Carpinteria “played great defensively but again struggled to make good safe passes on offense,” Jon Otsuki said. “Errant passes led Westlake to counter-attack opportunities, which put the game out of reach in the middle of the third quarter.”

Lilli Nemetz led Carpinteria in scoring with two goals, and Kate Isaac scored the other. 

Erin Otsuki had another strong game, finishing with 14 blocks and two steals.

Carpinteria wraps up tournament Saturday, meeting Cajon at 11 a.m. and an opponent to be determined after that.

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Dennis Moran, Noozhawk Correspondent

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